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Glen Garden Golf & Country Club, CLOSED 2014

2916 Glen Garden Dr S, Fort Worth, Texas, 76119
Type: Semi-Private, open to the public
No. Holes: 18
(817) 535-7582
Architect: John Bredemus (11)
                      
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Detailed description of Glen Garden Golf & Country Club, CLOSED 2014

Glen Garden Golf & Country Club is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Glen Garden Golf & Country Club first opened for play in 1912 as Glen Garden Golf and Country Club, with land acquired from Mr. H.H. Cobb of the O.K. Cattle Company. Cobb was denied entry into River Crest Country Club and decided that he would take his land and build his own course. A nine-hole golf course with sand greens was constructed, and opened before River Crest could finish their 18 hole course. Another nine holes added some year or two later.

As 1 of the 2 country clubs in Fort Worth, the facility was frequently used for family outings. Golf was very popular which gave rise to the need for a caddy. In the early 1920's a caddy could earn $1.00 for a round of golf. This attracted Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson who learned to play the game on sand greens. At age 15 Hogan and Nelson played their first head to head tournament. The annual caddy championship was won by Nelson over Hogan on the final hole of a nine-hole play off. Nelson who was famous for his chip shot stymied Hogan preventing him from making his par putt.

Sandra Palmer of LPGA fame lived by the number four tee box and the club allowed "little" Sandra to skinny under the fence and hone her game in the evenings.

Byron Nelson was quoted many times as stating the Glen Garden's back nine was the most unique golf layout in the world. It has pars of 4,4,5,5,3,3,4,3,3.

Par for the course is 71. From the back tees, the course plays to 6,166 yards. From the forward tees, the course measures 5,592 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 12, a par-5 that plays to 533 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 4, a par-3 that plays to 147 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 8, a 432-yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Glen Garden Golf & Country Club is # 9, a 313 yard par-4.

Glen Garden retains the original layout designed by John Bredemus, the architect who later designed the course at Colonial Country Club. But thanks to anonymous donations in 2001, the course was able to make $1.5 million in renovations. A grand re-opening was held on September 15, 2001, with Byron Nelson on hand for the ribbon cutting. The clubhouse, pool, pro shop, cart storage area and more were given cosmetic changes to update the look and feel of the Club without sacrificing its history and no changes were made to the course so that it still plays the same as when Byron Nelson, Sandra Palmer, and Ben Hogan played there.

Unfortunately, the course that hosted kid caddies Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan battle in a nine-hole caddie championship in 1926 and  was the site of Nelson's 18th PGA Tour win at the in his 1945 record-setting season is no more. Glen Gardens closed in 2014.

In 2016, two years after winning a contentious zoning approval for the project, Firestone & Robertson Distillery has received approval for vacating rights of way and a permit to start grading the property. The company plans to spend $17 million on the development.

According to a city-approved site plan, plans call for repurposing the existing clubhouse as an event venue and offices, creating an outdoor event space with night lighting and scenic views, adding five buildings for such things as a visitors center for public tours, and tasting rooms, production and bottling areas, and cottages for overnight guests.

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This course has been reviewed 4 times
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Dallas, TX

$26 (cart included), played on Friday, August 2014 at 10am

Historic course over 100 yrs. old, and w/o Glen Garden there might not have been a Colonial CC. Course is where Ben Hogan & Byron Nelson got their start in golf (caddying & playing). Course is to be sold & closed before end of 2014, so some history is closing. Easy layout, but greens are small but putt well. Hole #8 is long, tough par 4 w/water in play. #10 is tricky w/ position on drive & uphill 2nd to small green. #'s 14 & 15 are good par 3's w/ 14@ 240 yd. down a hill & 15 uphill @ 200 yds. Hole #17 is "signature" par 3 down to tree surrounded green - 160 yds. Fun course - tough neighborhood to pass through to course.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 022655
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Burleson, TX

$26 (cart included), played on Thursday, September 2012 at 6am

The layout is old school and simple but you have to plan and make your shots to compete. The greens are small, quick and challenging to make.

There are some fun holes on this course...

#6 requires a very good second shot to make the green or you are looking at bogey plus

#8 is an easy par (maybe) if you can hit a high tee shot that carries 175 yards in the air over water - otherwise, a 100 yard tee shot across the lake and a near-90 degree dogleg has you looking, again, at bogey-plus.

#10 requires a good downhill tee shot and a great uphill second shot to have a chance at the green

#14 is a long (240 yards) downhill par 3 that requires you to play the break in the fairway to make the green

#15 is a challenging 190 yard uphill par 3 where the top of the flag is your only view of the target

#17 is a beautiful downhill par 3 where the green is surrounded by traps and trees so your tee shot better be on the green. And the rest of the course is fun to play, too.

I loved the laid-back pace and friendly members/guests players that made the whole day fun.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 018833
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Grandview, TX

$16 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2012 at 10am

a traditional layout with lots of history, tiny old school greens

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 018629
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Fort Worth, TX

Member (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2008 at 6am

Not a very challenging course except for holes #8 (Water really comes into play), #14 (very long par 3, 240 yards and severe elevation change). The course is otherwise defenseless. The only defense one might say are the greens, they are the size of a dime. You really need to be precise to keep the ball on the green.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 002506
3.8/5
Based on 4 reviews
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